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CEO student and ACHS senior Arianna Kopplin helps conference attendees register during the CEO Experience.


From left, students Wyatt Cripe, Shelby Bowman, Alexis Scott, and Owen Reardon hold a carpet python.


The Altamont Lutheran Interparish School Rockets volleyball team took first place at the St. Peter Tournament held Feb. 4. Members of the team are, front row, from left: Anna Sigg, Olivia Eckhardt, Kalea Yagow, Emma Simmons; second row: Asst. Coach Teasley, Bailey Teasley, Ada Tappendorf, Ciara Hankins, Ella Ruffner, Ellie McManaway, Lauren Walker, and Coach McManaway.

The ALIS Rockets fifth and sixth grade basketball teams both took first in the Mulberry Grove Tournament. Members of the teams are, front row, from left: Presley Siebert, Peyton Osteen, Kylie Osteen, Dillon Hankins, Dillan Elam, Grace Nelson; second row: Kaden Davis, Nathan Stuemke, Ruby Stuckemeyer, Alec Jahraus, Pierce Verdeyen, Aden McManaway, Ethan Robbins. They are coached by Eric Long.

A group of volunteers were honored at the Helping Hands Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on Jan. 21.



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Ramseys, Tillman honored at Altamont Community Banquet Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 March 2017 14:16

The Altamont Chamber of Commerce held its annual Community Banquet at the Carriage House Event Center on Saturday, March 11, in recognition of business and civic successes in the past year.

The highlights of the evening were the honoring of Russell and Janet Ramsey as Citizens of the Year and Carol Tillman as Volunteer of the Year.

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St. Elmo Elementary busy with fun events Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 March 2017 14:15

The halls, cafeteria, and classrooms were abuzz with activity in recent days at the St. Elmo Elementary School.

The semi-annual book fair was held Monday through Wednesday with proceeds (in the form of books) going toward teachers’ classrooms. Principal Sean Hannagan said that each teacher was able to add $90 in books to their room. Parents volunteered to run the registers and kids, along with their parents and grandparents, gladly filled them.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, grandparents joined students for breakfast.

The students were also treated to a fun, engaging character development assembly, entitled The NED Show. NED stands for Never give up, Encourage others, and Do your best. The program features a cartoon characters and is centered on yo-yo tricks. Hannagan remarked that the program is of high quality and extremely valuable. The program typically costs $1200, but schools are able to participate in the “Pay-It-Forward” program, in which they sell yo-yos and other NED gear throughout the school to waive the cost. St. Elmo students could be found selling items in the hallway this past week.

New director Karnes busy at St. Elmo Public Library Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 March 2017 14:04

Though Kim Karnes is new to her role as director of the St. Elmo Public Library, she’s had plenty of experience with the library, having been an employee for 14 years. As a lifelong lover of books, it’s a job she enjoys.

“I love the different people I’ve met and the different bonds I’ve formed with them,” she said. As she has watched patrons check out books over the years, she’s developed a sense for their taste and can offer new selections based on that knowledge.

At the current moment, the library is winding down its after school club, which provides an opportunity for children to gather and learn about various topics, along with a snack.

As that program comes to a close, she will begin to gear up for the children’s summer reading program. The theme considered for this year is “Reading by Design,” and may feature lessons on architecture and other artwork. The program begins registration at the end of May with reading to begin the second week of June. Last year, due to the success of the children in the program, St. Elmo was selected as the site for a pizza party sponsored by Rep. John Cavaletto’s office.

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Lions active with local eye screenings Print E-mail
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Monday, 13 March 2017 14:56

Armed with a Plusoptix 512C and a passion for helping children, local Lions Club members have been busy with free eye screenings around town over the last few weeks. As part of the Lions Club Kids Sight USA Eye Screening program, kids have been tested at Head Start, the pre-K screening at the Christian Church and at Frog Pond since Feb. 1.

Last week, Lions spent Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at Frog Pond Nursery School, both in the morning and afternoon. They screened over 50 children. They also took part in the community pre-kindergarten screening held at the Christian Church on Feb. 23 and 24. At this event, 52 children were screened. On Feb. 1, the Lions were out at Bethlehem to screen Head Start students. Over a full day, they were able to screen 31 children. In total, nearly 130 children have been tested.

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New venue no problem for CEO Experience Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 13:47

The county students of the 2016-17 CEO class, including ACHS seniors Sam Childerson, Sydney Zacha, Arianna Kopplin, and Jacob Crow, held their annual CEO Experience on Wednesday, Feb 8. The theme of the event was “Growing Yourself, Business, and Community.” Despite the change of venue from years past, from the Thelma Keller Convention Center to the Effingham Performance Center, and a shift in the format, the event was successful, drawing a crowd of 750 registered attendees.

CEO network developer Lisa Teichmiller said that no complaints were received in the feedback from conference-goers.

Rather than small breakout sessions, the students chose to feature fewer speakers and hold only common sessions in the large EPC theater.

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